nature collection display

As we strive to spend more time out in nature, we find our nature collection growing. When the kids were younger, it comprised mostly of rocks and sticks. Now, at 6 and 8, they are becoming discriminate and our nature collection has becoming more varied.

nature collection display

We use three shelves as our main nature display. I wish we had something like a letterpress drawer to display some of it on the wall, but for now we use acrylic containers salvaged from my parents’ house, thrifted wooden bowls, and unused vases to contain our nature items on the shelves.

nature collection display

We have the good fortune of a nature center which rewards nature items with points. With these points, one can purchase other nature items. Points can also be earned by doing nature projects, doing scavenger hunts at the nature center, and filling in a reading log. The kids have “bought” gypsum rocks, porcupine quills, moonstones, and other items.

nature collection display

We found a dying butterfly at Kroger one day in the fall and brought that home for the collection

nature collection display

We also have many gems and fossils from our days of being members of the Tellus Museum.

nature collection display

Ideas for your nature collection display:

  1. think outside the box and be creative
  2. repurpose what you have around the house
  3. visit thrift stores for pretty dishes and bowls
  4. have tools for observation – magnifying glass, jewelers loupe, microscope (that is the one we own and enjoy)
  5. use various acrylic containers
  6. include field guides nearby
  7. frame your nature
  8. group like items together and create labels (these chalk markers work well)
  9. have nature journals handy
  10. add beautifully illustrated nature books – like this one, or this one, or Brambly Hedge, or Beatrix Potter books.

“Consider, too, what an unequalled mental training the child-naturalist is getting for any study or calling under the sun––the powers of attention, of discrimination, of patient pursuit, growing with his growth, what will they not fit him for?” -Charlotte Mason

Keeping a nature collection allows the wonder for the outdoors to continue once you come inside. I’m all about nurturing my children’s wonder for God’s creation. On your next rainy day, when nature study comes up on the homeschool loop, all you have to do is reach for the display, take up one item and wonder at it out loud and watch the children wander over to wonder too.

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Written by Julie Cerdas
I'm a stay-at-home Catholic mom who loves playing with and teaching my two children.